UD Hosts High School Freshmen for Summer Science Program TexPREP

Dear members of the UD community,

Today (June 16) we have begun a summer middle-school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program called TexPREP. We have collaborated with Irving ISD and the UT San Antonio to bring 18 high-achieving, up-and-coming ninth graders here to campus Monday through Thursday, from 8:30-3:30, until July 24th. We are offering two courses, Introduction to Technical Writing, and Introduction to Probability and Statistics. We have brought in two local middle and high school teachers, Kari Lockhart, and Dede Townsend, to teach these courses. Their tutor and assistant is Maria Buckner, one of our Biology majors who will be a senior this coming fall. Our On-Site Director for the program is Sylvia Whiteacre, the Administrative Assistant for the Education Department.

The Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) (the original PREP was founded in San Antonio by Dr. Manuel Berriozábal in 1979) identifies achieving middle and high school students with an interest in engineering, science, technology, and other mathematics-related areas and strengthens their potential for careers in these fields. TexPREP is a collaborative effort of colleges and universities located throughout Texas, that encourages students to begin preparing early for scientific and engineering career paths in school. With a focus on building a high quality and diverse 21st century workforce, women and members of minority groups, traditionally underrepresented in these areas, continue to serve as special target groups. Over 35,000 students have participated in this program over the years.

Our group is using Science Building 13 for their classroom, and they are having lunch in the Rathskeller. We are very excited to have this group of bright local young students on campus.

Best regards,
John (Norris
Associate Provost
Associate Professor of Theology)

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